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"Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" is a jump blues song, written by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney.[1] Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five recorded the song on June 26, 1949 for Decca Records that released it on a 78 rpm record.[1] The single debuted on Billboard magazine's Rhythm and Blues Recordschart on December 14, 1949, where it reached number one.[2] It remained at the top position for seventeen weeks, longer than any other Jordan single.[2] It also reached number six on the broader Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[2] The B-side, "Let the Good Times Roll," peaked at number two on the R&B chart.[2]

"Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens"
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Single by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
B-side "Let the Good Times Roll"
Released 1946 (1946)
Recorded June 26, 1949
Genre Jump blues
Length 3:02
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Joan Whitney Kramer, Alex Kramer

Jordan's hit song popularized the expression "Nobody here but us chickens", but the phrase is older.[3] Its first known appearance was a joke published as a reader-submitted anecdote in Everybody's Magazine in 1908 regarding a chicken thief, formulated as, "'Deed, sah, dey ain't nobody hyah 'ceptin' us chickens."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Dexter Jr., Dave (1975). The Best of Louis Jordan (Album notes). Louis Jordan. Universal City, California: MCA Records. p. 5. MCAD-4079 (CD reissue). 
  2. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. pp. 229–230. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  3. ^ Quinion, Michael (March 15, 2014). "Wordface". World Wide Words. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree". Everybody's Magazine. Vol. 19. July 1908. p. 717.